The year is 2030. A young boy sits inside an automated, driverless vehicle - wandering the city streets while an AI instructor quizzes him on the historical significance of the very place he roams. Constantly collecting “stars” of affirmation for being an attentive student, he has become accustomed to basing his self-worth on likes, views, followers, and ratings. Meanwhile, in a distant city, his overprotective parents monitor him using the GPS features in their wearable tech, which they also use to remotely pay for their son’s ride. Said son has neither seen nor used any form of money, and has been dreaming of the day when he reaches the legal age to make his own payments. Little do his parents know, he had even considered hacking the system to bypass the age restriction - but a previously disastrous attempt to manipulate a dating App kept him from doing so.
While some of us living in the urban hubs of the globe may already experience aspects of this hypothetical scenario, all of it (and more) may become our future reality. When considering this, one could immediately ponder whether such technological advancements will benefit humanity - or if it will actually harm us. Even with current advancements, we already feel some negative effects on our society, which brings to question what additional issues the future may hold. In the words of Simon Sinek, this future could be immensely advanced, “... yet you’ll have an entire generation growing up with lower self-esteem and much more depressed than previous generations.”
This is for the future generations, those who will continue the legacy of the ones who came before them - those who have to experience the world that is shaped by the consequences of their parents and grandparents’ actions. They must use all their available tools and creativity to not only survive, but better the world they live in. They will live and challenge a world that their elders could never have fathomed - one that may be significantly different than the one we are living in today.
PREDICTIONS FOR 2030
By 2030, the Earth will be home to an additional 1 billion people - roughly 8.3 billion in total - 1 billion of which are senior citizens due to increased global life expectancy. While the aging population worries about healthcare and homecare, those of working age must fight for the few non-automated jobs left.
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